This year the focus for Fairtrade Fortnight (25th February – 10th March) is ‘Women Cocoa Farmers in Côte d’Ivoire’. We will be learning about where chocolate comes from, the unfairness at the heart of one of our favourite treats and how we can use our voices and consumer power to address it. Pupils will be creating a Fair Trade chocolate bar wrapper as part of a school competition.
To promote Fairtrade products we will be running the following events:

 Monday 25th February –Children are asked to bring in a Fair Trade snack for playtime (Whole school launch).

 Friday1st March – Lunch Time Fair Trade Tuck Shop (P1-P3).

 Monday 4th March – Lunch Time Fair Trade Tuck Shop (P4-P7).

Tuesday 5th March – Lunch Time Drop-in Twitter Booth (Whole school).

We will be selling snacks and a selection of small toys. Your child can bring in money on these dates if they wish to buy some Fairtrade products. Please find price lists below (2 pages)

Fair Trade Price Lists for Children

Thank you,

The Fairtrade Committee



We’re organising a Gardening Day for the Friday 29/03/19

On this day, children will be involved in working in the garden for the whole day, and will need to wear suitable clothing and sunscreen (weather dependant).  All trees have been donated by the Woodland’s Trust.

P1-3 – sowing seeds/planting bulbs

P4-7 – tree planting

We need:

  • adult helpers to assist with planting/seed sowing
  • donations of
    1. trowels
    2. big spades/forks
    3. small and large gardening gloves
    4. planters
    5. wild flower seeds/bulbs
    6. soil/compost
    7. diluting juice for our gardeners

If you can donate something it would be gratefully appreciated.

Please complete the eform below if you can help.


Many thanks


P7 Easter Market – Grow £5

St. Joseph’s Primary 7 present

Make £5 Grow and Come and See My Learning

Tuesday 26th of March @ 9:15am

As you may know, Primary 7 are taking part in the Virgin Bank Grow £5 Challenge. We have been given £5 to invest in starting a business in the hope of making a profit. We wish to take this opportunity to invite our family and friends to our annual ‘Come and See My Learning’. We have worked very hard to complete this challenge and learned many life skills that we will be able to transfer into our daily life. We will be selling our products at an Easter Market at 9:15am on Tuesday 26th of March in the school gym hall. T

Thank you for your support. We can’t wait to see you there!

Primary 7

Planning future engagement – Tackling the School Run

For the last few months East Renfrewshire Council Roads & Transportation Department have been collecting information on school travel in the area and how streets and spaces nearby schools are being used during ‘the school run’. This is to assist developing long term plans on how we invite more walking and cycling, while discouraging car use, to help create safer and healthier school streets.

A key part of this work is how we engage with schools, stakeholders and the community moving forward. We would therefore like to invite you to one of a series of workshops planned during February to help shape future engagement efforts.

Please register you interest via links below and please share within your networks. The more people (of all ages!) that can get involved the better.

Upcoming Workshops

Tuesday 19 February:

1:30 – 3pm; Auchenback Resource Centre, 64 Aurs Drive, Barrhead, G78 2LW

5:30 – 7pm; The Foundry (Heys Room), Main Street, Barrhead, G78 1SW

Thursday 21 February:

1:30 – 3pm; Eastwood House, Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road, G46 6UG

6 – 7:30pm; Eastwood House, Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road, G46 6UG

If you have any questions or would like any further information please get in touch with myself or my colleague Ross McDowall via



Pope Francis Faith Award


P7 PFFA Reminder

PFFA Parish Commendations should be submitted to the Priest this weekend at any mass as per the letter sent out at the start of January. Pupils are aware of all arrangements.

With the deadline of final PFFA Journal Submission pending (18th Feb) we would ask that parents and guardians have a look at their child’s journal and ensure these are being completed/checked/signed at home. Pupils have all had verbal feedback from class teachers about what they need to do if they wish to achieve this special award.

Please see below the original letter

PFFA P7 Parent Letter – Deadline


Local Improvement Plan (DRAFT) 19-22

(DRAFT) Local Improvement Plan 2019-2022

The draft local improvement plan takes full account of the current national priority areas including the National Improvement Framework, West Partnership Improvement Plan, East Renfrewshire’s Community Plan and the department’s strategy Advancing Excellence and Equity in Education in East Renfrewshire. In particular, links have been made to the National Improvement Framework (NIF) priorities and drivers.


I would be grateful if you would look the draft plan and send comments and feedback or other priorities for improvement to to the school.

Please also see below the Standards Quality Report 2017-18

Standards Quality Report 2017-18

First Confession


St. Joseph’s Primary First Confession 


Thursday 7th  March – St. Joseph’s Church at 7pm

  •  Children should wear school uniform (grey skirt/trousers, blue shirt and tie, grey socks/tights).


  • When children arrive they will go to their teacher who will tick off that they are here.  Please take your child’s blazer and jumper before they sit down at their seat this will mean they are comfortable during the service.  Please aim to be seated by 6.50pm.


  • Children will sit together in reserved rows on one side of the aisle.


  • Family members are most welcome. Families can sit together on the rows directly behind the children and on the other rows.


  • After their First Confession the children will leave the priest and return to their place with the other children from their stage.


  • Please continue to go over the Act of Contrition with your child:

“O my God, I thank you for loving me. I am sorry for all my sins, for not loving others and not loving you. Help me to live like Jesus and not sin again. Amen.”







Master Class 2019


Our School Master Classes Need You!

We are pleased to let you know that we are planning to run a set of master classes throughout the whole school for three consecutive weeks this term.  The aim of our master classes is to allow the children to participate in a variety of different experiences to develop their ability to problem solve in daily life, learning and work.

Can you help us achieve this?

We know that we have many parents and extended family members with valuable skills that we could all learn and benefit from.  We would greatly appreciate if you were able to share these skills with the children during our master classes.  We have benefited in previous years from our parents expertise and the children have loved the diversity of activities on offer.  Some of the wonderful experiences our children have had include:

  • visiting Busby Hotel to learn banqueting skills
  • working on team building skills by assembling IKEA flat pack furniture
  • learning from a chocolatier the story of the cocoa bean from source to product
  • building a website to develop coding skills
  • working with stem ambassadors
  • developing cooking skills with local chefs.
  • developing drawing skills through the expertise of an architect

We know that there must be lots of other rich experiences that the children could benefit from. Our master classes will be running on Thurs 14th March, Thurs 21st March and Thurs 28th March from 1:35-2:35pm.  Please contact us if you feel you could help us in any way by emailing the school .

Thanks in advance,

Clionagh Leddy

Make it hAPPen

Last session ‘Make it hAPPen’, an app building competition launched in St. Joseph’s along with three other schools in Glasgow . It was such a huge success that it will be returning to us on Wednesday 16 January 2019 and every child will have the opportunity to design their own app.

This was originally a project funded by JP Morgan but it has now been established as a charity that aims to develop computational thinking and Coding skills for primary school aged children across Scotland.

Last year each school had one winner, who had the opportunity to build their app alongside JP Morgan. Runners up also received coding goodies, to help develop their talents. It was the engagement of pupils, parents and staff that has allowed this project to grow and we are extremely proud to have been a part of the launch of this incredible competition which resonates with our aims for our future workforce.


Sacrament of Confirmation


P7 Confirmation Information

St Joseph’s Primary & OLM Primary

Thursday 9th May 2019   7pm  

St Mirin’s Cathedral, Paisley


Dear Parent/Guardian,

I hope you found the last information letter useful to help in preparing for the forthcoming Confirmation.

The P7 pupils have now completed research on their Confirmation saints and committed to receiving the Sacrament at the dedicated Mass that took place in December.


If your child has not already chosen a sponsor, he/she should do so now and advise their teacher of who this is by 18/01/19 so that we can complete the required paperwork. (Please note – sponsors should be 16+, a practising Catholic and someone other than the candidate’s parent)

SPIRITUAL PREPARATION                                                                                                                                                                Pupils will participate in a P7 spiritual retreat at St Joseph’s Church on Monday 25 February 2019. They will also be able to attend Confession in school on 25/03/19 It is recommended that families and Sponsors also take the opportunity to attend Reconciliation before the Confirmation and perhaps arrange for your child to do so at some point during the weeks prior to Confirmation.
WHERE DO CHILDREN & SPONSORS GO?                                                                                                                    

Candidates and Sponsors must be in the Cathedral Halls before 6.30pm.    Diocesan staff and teachers will meet them there, take register and ensure pupils have name badges                                                                                         

WHAT ABOUT FAMILIES?                                                                                           

Family members/guests should make their way directly to the Cathedral.

All congregation members must be seated and ready by 6.50pm

*A reminder that due to the numbers involved, suggestion from the Diocesan office is that 5 guests per family attend. (including sponsor)


PUPIL/SPONSOR PROCESSION                                                                                                                                                                  The procession into the Cathedral will begin by 6.45pm, pairing of child and sponsor within each school group.   (Before the ceremony, children will know their place in school procession (1, 2 etc) and should inform their sponsor)     

Pews will be labelled on either side of aisle with school name. St Joseph’s children will be seated on right side (pulpit side); sponsors seated correspondingly on left

We will continue to prepare pupils in school for receiving this Sacrament both spiritually and practically and we ask that you also continue to support your child at home, eg you could ensure that your child knows key prayers such as those overleaf.

Yours sincerely

K Wynne (Depute Head)



I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters,                      that I have greatly sinned in my thoughts and in my words,  in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault,  through my most grievous fault;                                                                                  therefore I ask blessed Mary, ever-Virgin, all the angels and saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me   to the Lord our God.,             

The Gloria                                                                                                                                                                 
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. We praise you, we bless you, we adore you,  we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great Glory,  Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father.    Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,   you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us;  you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer;  you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.   For you alone are the Holy One,  you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,  with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.




Thank you to our wonderful parents for their kind donations at each event over Advent.


P1 and P2 Nativity collected £443.50 for our School Fund

P3 Nativiy collected £314.46 for St Margaret’s Adoption Society

P4 Advent Assembly collected £376.46 for Missio

P5 Advent Assembly collected £162.68 for Social Bite

P6 Advent Assembly and Enterprise Stall collected £379.26 for SCIAF

P7 Advent Assembly collected £135.89 for Marie Curie

In addition the Enterprise Day raised a massive £637.02 for School Funds

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